A group of suspected fighters from the Movement of Democratic Forces of Casamance (MFDC) ambushed a group of government workers in the Casamance region on Monday, March 25. Gunmen robbed five members of the Emergency Program from the Modernization of Frontier Axes and Territories (PUMA) while they were traveling through the northern Sindian area. All PUMA workers were released unharmed and an investigation into the incident is ongoing. Similar attacks are possible in Casamance region in the near term.
Armed groups are known to operate in the Casamance region, including the MFDC, which has fought for the independence of Casamance since 1982. Tensions in the region increased in early 2018 after unidentified gunmen killed 14 people in the Bayotte forest on January 6.
Most Western governments advise against nonessential travel to the Casamance region (with the exception of zones around Oussouye and Cap Skirring, considered secure), as well as along the Malian and Mauritanian borders, due to security concerns.
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